The Goblin King by Shona Husk

The Goblin King (Shadowlands, #1) by Shona Husk

Title: The Goblin King
Author: Shona Husk
Series: Shadowlands #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Goblins, Magic, Paranormal romance
Dates read: 10th – 26th June 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Year: 2011
5th sentence, 74th page: He wouldn’t forget the woman who had reminded him what it was to be a man, if only for a moment.

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A man was cursed to the Shadowlands, his heart repalced with a cold lump of gold. In legends, he became known as

For a favored few he will grant a wish. Yet, desperately clinging to his waning human soul, his one own desire remains unfulfilled:

But who would consent to move from the modern-day world into the realm of nightmares? No matter how intoxicating his touch, no matter how deep his valor, loving him is dangerous. And the one woman who might dare to try could also


From the very beginning of this novel, I had some serious recollections of the Labyrinth and David Bowe. In fact, I almost leapt straight out of bed to go and watch the movie… at midnight. Which really wasn’t a great idea. And, I did stop myself from doing so. But, mostly, I just loved that from the very opening of this story… I thought of a movie that I loved. And had a great soundtrack going through my mind. What a way to draw you into a story…

Although there is a lot of darkness to this story – ultimately, I actually found it really sweet and simple. It was a fairly typical paranormal romance in which you know that the couple is going to get together. But it also had that extra, added layer of goblins. I really haven’t read many / any goblin stories. So reading one in which the male heartthrob is also a goblin… I actually really loved the idea.

One of the things that I loved about this story was the fact that the main complication, other than the fact that the lead male was a goblin, was Eliza’s fiancé. It’s the first story I’ve read in which one half of the romantic couples is already engaged. Don’t get me wrong, the relationship is honestly bone-deep terrifying to me. And I’m so glad that it is just a complication… but I liked that it took a completely different direction.

This was a great, fun and wonderful read. One that I seriously enjoyed and couldn’t get out of my head until long after I turned the final page. Sadly, I don’t have Kiss of the Goblin Prince on my shelves yet… so it’s going to take a little while until I’m able to immerse myself into the world of the Shadowlands again.

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